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Introduction

The Friends of Nature has jointly taken initiative to research on the “Chinese Civil Society on Climate Change” since 2007, and released reports in the subject matter at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in 2007 as well as 2009 respectively. From a perspective of the influence of climate change, the Friends of Nature in 2009 came up with a localized low-carbon emission project, i.e. the Low-carbon Household, aiming at tackling the challenges resulted from climate change through household-based participation. Premised on the three-year practice from 2011 until 2016, the Low-carbon Household brought together a set of participatory feasibility survey and energy-saving conversion based on more than 70 households from Beijing and Shanghai, successfully assembling thorough action-oriented cases and fundamental data and performing a variety of energy-saving, consumption-reducing technical measures which were readily applicable to households. In 2015, the Friends of Nature participated in the Conference of Parties (COP 21) i.e. the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, revealing the achievements of the Low-carbon Household project, integrating the domestic low-carbon transformations into possible low-carbon household samples so as to manifest the bottom-up actions that the citizens would take in response to the climate change. In 2016, the Public Action Center upgraded its acting strategies to the full, in a combined way of collocating with and supporting the growth of “Green Community” in addition to coming up with innovative public participating activities, raising awareness about public environmental action and corresponding to the mission of Friends of Nature as an organization. In 2017, relying on a brick-and-mortar Low-carbon Pavilion, the “Low-carbon Pavilion + Public Lecturer Development System” disseminated the real-life low-carbonized experiences accumulated by the Low-carbon Household Lab to a wider community, putting together more diversified activities aiming to compel the general public’s participation in environmental protection.